Hello! I am Brian Pinches, I have been using Clydesdale horses for the last 20 years.
L for Leather supplied quality harness for heavy horses I manufacture using leather and beta to produce adjustable back band, hip straps, adjustable winkers, reins, breeching, traces, pole straps and supply range of heavy horse equipment to suit the working horse including work collars and hames.
I use only stainless steel fittings in the manufacture of the horse harnesses, and we use quality vegetable tanned and some chromed leather in the production of the different horse harnesses we produce.
I have become involved with harness making via Lee Grover in Queensland where my son Andrew took over the business “L for Leather” and then I took over the business from Andrew 1n 2010.
I am a member of the saddlers and harness makers association of Australia (SHMAA)
I import a range of horse collars, including adjustable and standard collars, and black hames from the Amish in the United States. All the collars we import are gamma irradiated on entry to Australia as the collars are filled with long length rye straw in the rim. The collars are made to Australian conditions with extra wear pads for the chains and to suit heavy horses.
I am actively involved with the Heritage Draught Horse Club, where I take my horses to different events around Victoria and NSW with a variety of equipment to demonstrate my Clydesdale horses: Bruce and Pete. I have been lucky enough to be mentored by heavy horse people who have passed on information to me. I run training sessions at different education days and events to pass on this information.
I do a variety of different types of work with the horses from farm work of ploughing, seeding, harrowing to going on drive events.
I use American collars and American harnesses with my Clydesdale horses in a variety of different activities, including to plough with; I use them on the drives I go on up to 280 kms at a time over a 12 day period. I demonstrate a range of equipment from a Chandler reversible shave plough, set of disks, single mould board plough, scuffler, spring tyne scuffler, sled or slide depending where you live. I have used both the standard and adjustable collars with the horses. I find the American style horse harness very useful because it allows you to go from ploughing to cart work to pair work without using totally different harnesses, as the harness has breeching and pole straps included in the harness design.
I can manufacture horse harnesses to suit horses of the following breeds: Clydesdale horses, Percheron horses, Shire horses, Suffolk punch horses, Draught horses, or other types of heavy horses.
I have a well fitted workshop of leather making machinery, including four sewing machines – an Cowboy 441, Adler 105 – a clicking press for cutting out leather shapes, a skiving machine, a belt cutter for cutting leather strips and a creasing machine. We produce a range of different harnesses from reins, back bands, adjustable back bands, hobbles, traces, winkers and other horse harness.
Please contact me for more information.
Please be aware that you need to make an appointment before attending the workshop as I may be away with the horses.